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Lost building, shot dog, human skull: Detroit farm project uncovers a rough past

DETROIT - Stunning things are being discovered in an effort to clear land for a new farm in inner-city Detroit. Last week, workers found a building. The crumbling brick-sided structure was either a garage or a shed, and had been hidden by the wild brush that has sprouted in the east end of the economically suffering city. Ask about the building, and they point to a dog. There it is, dead, with a bullet hole through its ribs. It appears to be a brown mastiff, sprawled out on the grass where it was found last Friday. It looks neatly groomed and is still wearing a collar.

No money in Obama's budget plan to build customs plaza for US-Canada bridge

DETROIT - U.S. President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5 billion bridge between the city and Canada. Obama sent his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget to Congress on Tuesday, but it doesn't include the $250 million cost of a border inspection plaza. The plaza is a vital part of the planned New International Trade Crossing to link Detroit to Windsor, Ont. The Canadian government is funding most of the bridge, expected to open in 2020.

Detroit mayor promises more jobs, less blight for bankrupt city

By Rachel Jackson DETROIT (Reuters) - Nearly two months into his tenure as Detroit mayor, Mike Duggan outlined a plan for adding jobs and removing abandoned buildings in the bankrupt city during his first state of the city address Wednesday night. The mayor's speech came just days after a state-appointed emergency manager filed his roadmap in federal court for dealing with the city's debt and investing in its future.

Detroit mayor promises more jobs, less blight for bankrupt city

By Rachel Jackson DETROIT (Reuters) - Nearly two months into his tenure as Detroit mayor, Mike Duggan outlined a plan for adding jobs and removing abandoned buildings in the bankrupt city during his first state of the city address Wednesday night. The mayor's speech came just days after a state-appointed emergency manager filed his roadmap in federal court for dealing with the city's debt and investing in its future.

Detroit mayor uses State of City speech to point to city's positive change during bankruptcy

DETROIT - In the nearly two months that Mike Duggan has been Detroit's mayor, he's met with President Barack Obama, public bus riders, city workers and anyone who will listen to his message that the city is changing — this time for the better. Duggan said Wednesday night during his first State of the City address that he and other elected officials are addressing blight, unemployment, crime, poor public transportation, snow removal and many of Detroit's other problems.

Ottawa plans to spend $631 million over two years on Windsor bridge

OTTAWA - Ottawa is giving a boost to southwestern Ontario's battered manufacturing sector with more than $1 billion in spending over the next two years to help the auto industry and build a new bridge to the U.S. at Windsor, Ont. The federal budget Tuesday called for spending $631 million over the next two years to help build a new Detroit-Windsor crossing. "Our investment in the new Windsor-Detroit crossing means Canadian goods will get to market faster, allowing businesses to grow, expand trade and help secure a prosperous future," Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said.

Money for 'major' infrastructure projects in budget, Flaherty says

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says his upcoming federal budget will contain money for "major" infrastructure projects. Flaherty told CTV's Question Period that infrastructure is a good investment, but the government must be prudent at the same time. "There will be money for infrastructure, and very importantly, major infrastructure projects in Canada, major economic infrastructure projects," Flaherty said.

Canadian official: His government will buy land in Detroit to clear way for new cross-bridge

DETROIT - The Canadian government plans to start buying land in Detroit for the U.S. portion of a new bridge linking the nations, a Canadian official said in a report published Sunday, a move that bypasses opponents of the project and comes as the U.S. government hasn't yet allocated money. The $2 billion-plus project to add a second span across the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, is simply too important to delay, outgoing Canadian Consul General Roy Norton in Detroit told the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1eiSeKP ).

Michigan says it won't change ban on hazardous materials crossing Ambassador Bridge

DETROIT - The state of Michigan says it won't lift a ban on hazardous materials crossing the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. The state said Friday that public safety wouldn't be enhanced if the materials were allowed to move on the bridge between the United States and Canada instead of by Detroit River ferry. The owner of the Ambassador Bridge asked for possible changes in 2008. Michigan Transportation Department engineer Tony Kratofil says the state took months to consider public comment in both countries.

Foundation pledges for Detroit pensions, art rise to $370 million

(Reuters) - Foundations seeking to protect Detroit's public pensions and its art museum in the city's bankruptcy process raised their pledge total to $370 million on Tuesday with the addition of a $40 million commitment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A group of U.S. philanthropic foundations announced earlier this month that they were prepared to step in with funding assistance to help preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection and assist in shoring up the cash-strapped city's employee pensions.
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